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Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

  • OBT 2022
  • Osupan Dansala 2022
  • ICSD 2016
  • Sociology Day 2015
  • Charity Programme 2015
Outbound Training - 20220 Osupan Dansala 20221 International Conference - 20162 Sociology Day 20153 Charity Programme 20154

Welcome to the Department of Sociology


The Department of Socialogy at Peradeniya is the largest and the best-known Sociology Department in the University system in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1947. Since its establishment, the Department of Sociology grew in its reputation, academic achievement and research output. Initially the student number was deliberately kept low, but since the 1970s the enrollments increased, following the introduction of Sociology in Sinhala and Tamil media. At present, the Department of Sociology is one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Arts with well over 1000 students following Special and General degree courses. The department teaches in English, Sinhala and Tamil media and caters to a diverse student population drawn from all parts of the country. This is the only Sociology Department within the whole university system in Sri Lanka that teaches in all three media and, therefore, fully representative of the ethnic and socio-cultural diversity in the country


Among the pioneering sociologists associated with the Department were the Prof.Bryce Ryan, Prof.Ralph Pieris, Prof.S.J. Tambiah, Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere, Prof.Laksiri Jayasuriya, Prof. Nur Yalman, Prof. E.R. Leach, Prof. H.L.Seneviratne and Prof. Kitsiri Malalgoda. Prof. K. Tudor Silva, Emeritus Prof. W. M. Sirisena and Prof. M. W. Amarasiri De Silva another prominent members who have served in the Department in the recent past.

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Academic Time Table - Department of Sociology

  • Academic Time Table of the Department of Sociology for the First Semester of the Academic Year 2021/2022
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Academic Advisory List - Department of Sociology

  • The Academic Advisory list of the Department of Sociology for the Academic Year 2020/2021
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